Children of Bodom hit the stage with "Hate Me" and following it with great version of "Needled 24/7".We got top-notch musicianship as well as the first gig for Antti Wirman, keyboard player Janne Wirman's younger brother who is the replacement guitarist for Roope Latvala who quit the band just days before SRF.
C.O.B. Halo of Blood album has been universally hailed as a return to form for the band
Battle Beast took a grip of the audience with their chest pumping metal anthems.Nooras range hitting the high notes of Rob Halford with equal parts grace and ferocity. She visits a softer range as well (“Black Ninja”), which exposes a vulnerable side and also a natural contrast. "Far Far Away" followed by highlights like "Out on the Streets Again", "Let It Roar" , "Enter the Metal World" and "Out of Control". The icing on the cake would been if the performed their excellent cover of "Push It To The Limit" from the Scarface movie.
Noora got the crowd really fired up during 'Black Ninja' and it provided her with another opportunity to show off that powerful voice.
It was a day at the office for Def Leppard who didn´t even used their own stage set. They used three background screens with the most horrific cheap ass computers animations of all time and they are the headliner? We were promised an all hits show and got crap like "Paper Cuts","Promises" and "Rock On".
"Foolin´" , "Rocket" ,"Switch 625" , "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph" made it a little better, but still they don´t play the best Def Leppard song of all time "Gods of War"?
It was almost painfull to see how Def Leppard was totally steamrolled over by the next act who should have been the true headliner.
It´s cold the clock has passed the midnight hour, suddenly you feel a chill as the now infamous intro "Masked Ball" (Eyes Wide Shut) echoes out over the festival. Out of the fog on the stage appears five men in silver devil masks they start to play "Genesis" followed by the new song "From the Pinnacle to the Pit" when Papa III takes the stage. With the new song "Majesty" Papa III has the audience in trance following his lead.
Papa III had the audience cry for "Absolution" and brought satanic bliss to the crowd.
Papa III accent recalls Floki´s accent (Vikings TV Series)
Dokken kicked into high gear with "Kiss of Death. The set featured songs that spanned the bands extensive career, hits like “Dream Warriors”, "Into The Fire" and “Breaking The Chains.” Nice to see ferocious drummer Mick Brown back and Mark Boals "Yngwie Malmsteen singer" on bass and backing vocals. The only downer in the set was the dreadfull song "To High To Fly" that turned into a boring blues jam, Dokken could have played so many more of their fantastic songs during that time. Afterwards we went to the merch table to find out that they had no Dokken merchandise at all?
Mötley Crue brought the party with fire and brimstone and their own impressive stage set.The show stared with a fitting "Saints of Los Angeles" during "Wild Side" the female backing singers/dancers appeared for the first time and they would return throughout the show with diffrent outfits. "Motherfucker of the Year" fit surprisingly well in the setlist with all the classics, during "To Young To Fall In Love" Crue got the groove going. Despite Vince Niel can´t hit all the high notes anymore the party in the front rows (that contained more females than men) continued going all through the show. Motley Crue framed the show with an impressive pyrotechnic display.
Sixx used his bass as a flamethrower to set his microphone on fire and spray flames towards the lighting rig.
Saturday started with a bang when Frantic Amber roared through their setlist, based on their debut album "Burning Insight". When Frantic Amber played their latest single "Soar" the audience started to participate and sing along from there on it was a homerun the crowd grew more and more after each song they performed.
Riot is a legendary name in the metal scene with a career spanning almost 40 years, their crowning achivment is1988s Thundersteel. In 2012 Tragedy struck and founder and guitarist supreme Mark Reale passed away, the band continued onward under the Riot V moniker with the blessing of the Reale family/estate.. Riot V opened the set with classic "Narita" followed by "Ride Hard Live Free" (from the great "Unleash the Fire" album) new vocalist Todd Michael Hall (Jack Star’s Burning Star) soaring, powerhouse vocals was truly amazingand took "Fight or Fall" to a new level. Riot V performance was one of the best at SRF 2015 and their new songs like "Metal Warriors", "Take Me Back" fit perfectly with the classic and the finish with "Thundersteel" melted the audiences faces.
Ace Frehley drew a large crowd and was firing on all cyclinders, a great show, with high energy and rocking versions of both Ace's solo and his old KISS songs. Ace seems a lot happier and healthier than he has been in a while, and his guitar playing sounds better than ever. The Ace Frehley band was tight and each member had their own moment to shine.
Kicking off the show, guitarists Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook tore through the unforgettable "Under and Over It" frontman Ivan Moody stalked the stage with an unmatched intensity and demanding full crowd participation during the charismatic track “Burn motherf*cker.” Moody told the audience that guitarist Jason Hook got his picture taken backstage with his guitar hero Ace Frehley.The cover of "Mama Said Knock You Out" felt totally out of place and the audience went silent and just waited for the trainwreck to be over."Burn It Down" saw the band steamroll SRF. It was the national day of Sweden and 5FDP helped the audience to celebrate it by displaying a swedish flag on stage that was brought by the audience. According to a swedish newspaper 5FDP had a bigger audience than the headliner Judas Priest
Judas Priest open the set with "Dragonaut" from the latest album Redeemer of Souls (a album with horrible production and to many songs that doesn´t hold the JP standard) a forgetable version of "Metal Gods" and a half/half version of "Victims of Changes" and then another song from Redeemer of Souls "Halls of Valhalla" with a chillin version of "Love Bites" Judas Priest is back on track. We get treated with two more songs from Redeemer of Souls the title track and "March of the Damned" it´s a mystery that they didn´t play the best song from the Redeemer of Souls album "Battle Cry". "Jawbreaker" and "Painkiller" stands out as the best songs of the show.
Halford paced around the stage with newfound energy and drive,changed outfits frequently.The stage set was disgraceful with Judas Priest standards they used the same stage set up as Def Leppard with three background screens showing the worst cheap ass computer animations ever.
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Dethklok is an extremely popular and successful death metal band, described by their adversaries, the Tribunal, as the "world's greatest cultural force." The band's fan base includes billions of metal fanatics, who frequently endanger themselves to watch the band perform live.
Dethklok experienced a rapid increase in commercial success, and quickly became the biggest and most successful band of all time. Their wealth and power allowed them to have their own headquarters, Mordhaus, as well as an entire army of roadies, called Klokateers.
Dethklok is managed by Charles Foster Ofdensen. The band's actions have caught the attention of an Illuminati-style council, known as The Tribunal who secretly monitor their actions.
Lead vocalist and "lyrical visionary" of Dethklok. He always speaks in a very deep, grave voice, known as a death growl, even when not singing in public. He is a tall, imposing figure with long jet black hair, black fingernails, pale skin and green eyes. When performing on stage, he sometimes wears corpse paint.
The attention and respect he receives as the world's fastest guitarist has resulted in a great deal of pride. Skwisgaar has a personality that is more arrogant, haughty, and uptight and is a classically airheaded character.He possesses stereotypical Swedish features, such as wavy blond hair and greenish blue eyes, and the typical elongated Nordic facial structure -- a high forehead, long nose and pronounced cheekbones.
Toki has a distinct whisker-like style of mustache known as the Fu Manchu, has light brown hair and very pale blue eyes, often found in those of Scandinavian descent. Toki has a personality that is more naive, innocent, and good-natured than the rest of the band, though he may share their love of metal and brutality, sometimes more than others.
Murderface has brown hair, lime green eyes, a heavy lateral lisp and a diastema, as well as tattoos on his stomach which state "Pobody's Nerfect" and "This Mess Is A Place." Despite outwardly being the angriest and most violent member of Dethklok, Murderface is arguably the most sensitive and insecure. Murderface is an alcoholic, as he would rather cut off his penis than admit that "booze ain't food". He regularly throws tantrums when he is frustrated or annoyed, which has resulted in several destroyed bass guitars.
The percussionist for Dethklok and formerly the singer and lead guitarist of Snakes N' Barrels. He is a native of Tomahawk, Wisconsin and is of Irish descent. He has red hair styled into dreadlocks and a combover, green eyes, and a very strong North Midwestern accent. Pickles's surname is unknownAlthough generally calm and casual most of the time, Pickles builds up a lot of anger at things and is very quick to lose his temper when things don't go the way they're expected to. Though he is often the most mature and experienced person in the band, he can also be the most cynical, sarcastic, and jaded in attitude.
All you mutants out there! check out GRUESOME they keep the legacy of the classic "Death" sound alive.
The "old-school death metal supergroup" Gruesome are guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) and drummer Gus Rios' (Malevolent Creation) Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen.
"Savage Land" song themes evolve around deadly diseases and 80´s horror movies and gore. "Closed Casket" (a tribute song to Death´s "Open Casket) features a guest solo by Death guitarist James Murphy. Legendary illustrator Ed Repka delivers the cannibalistic cover art
Gruesome - "Savage Land" Official Music Video! Warning not for the faint-hearted!
Lugnet "All The Way" grindhouse trailer featuring Christina Lindberg is finished.
Christina Lindberg achieved her most enduring cult cinema fame with her outstanding performance as Frigga, a much abused and traumatized one-eyed mute, who exacts a harsh retribution on her tormentors in the brutal and controversial revenge opus Thriller - en grym film (1974) banned by the Swedish film censorship board.
Thriller was a groundbreaking Swedish grindhouse film from the early 1970s which rose to notoriety in the 2000s as the primary inspiration for American director Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies. “I love Christina Lindberg,” Tarantino said in 2003. “And that’s definitely who Daryl Hannah’s character is based on. Thriller is, of all the revenge movies I’ve ever seen, that is definitely the roughest. The roughest revenge movie ever made! There’s never been anything as tough as that movie.”
Quentin Tarantino and Daryl Hannah on the "Kill Bill" set.
Strictly limited/numbered Lugnet "All The Way" (Christina Lindberg cover) cd-single.
Ultimate Lugnet/Christina Lindberg "All The Way" fan pack beer, t-shirt and cd-single.
Grindhouse Night! Premiere of Lugnet's "All The Way" grindhouse music video. Film critic Ronny Svensson interviewed Christina Lindberg, the lead actress in the ultimate grindhouse movie "Thriller: They Call Her One Eye"(1974). Lugnet's showcase gig was killer!
The Darkness felloverSweden's oldest amusement park. Strong windsandtheheavyraincloudscreatedthe perfect setting for tonight´s "Ritual", suddenly the eerie intro song "Masked Ball" (by JocelynPookfrom the filmEyes Wide Shut) echoed out over the stage.
Five ghost appeared on the windy and smoke infeasted stage, slowly out of the shadows Papa Emeritus II emerged.
"The Ritual" got the whole amusement park audience chanting!
Don't look in Papa Emeritus eyes! he might see straight into your soul!
"Elizabeth" created a truly occult atmosphere.
A nun gave me communion wine during "Body and Blood"
A heavy rainstormcamein the exactsame moment when PapaEmeritusII andthe five"nameless ghouls" stopped playing. A fittingexit fora group thatclaims to besent bySatan himselftocollectsoulsthroughhard rock.
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Getaway RockFestival2014startedwithadownpourjust as thepreviousyear's festival.
First outin the rainwasa psyched The Haunted with tworeturningband membersvocalistMarcoAroand drummerAdrianErlandsson, topped with newcomer guitarist OlaEnglund. Gone arethe band memberswhowere trying to changethrashersThe Haunted into athird-classpost-metal band on their last three albums.
Expectations aresoaringafterhearingtwo amazingthrashsongsfrom TheHauntedsupcoming album"Exit Wounds". The rains falls and so does The Haunted, until they play"Trespass" fromtheirmagnum opus"hauntedmade medo it"
They serveus"AllAgainst All",D.O.A.and"HollowGround"before theyforce-feeduswith the sleepingpill"TheGuilt Trip"why?We get apowerful"No Compromise"anda ballistic "BuryYourDead"concludesthe concert,
Steel Panther takes the main stage to a packed crowd consisting of more women than men. "Pussywhiped" starts the dirty, gritty high energy rock n´ roll party. The spandex-clad LA four-piece wowed the audience with great songs, explicit banter and excellent musicianship.
Steel Panther guitarist Satchel inform us that singer Michael Starr is 67 years old and tells a gentleman in the audience to stop flashing him his man boobs. During "17 Girls In A Row" a dozen swedish female fans takes the stage.
For the first time ever The Agonist hit the stage in Sweden with a blistering "Disconnect Me"from their upcoming album. The Agonist blend between melodic death metal and progressive death metal stunned the Swedish audience,
New singer Vicky Psarakis did a fantastic job and the band performed a super tight set and melted the audience faces with a killer version of "Thank You Pain". GRF did not do such a fantastic job with the artist schedule when they put The Agonist on at the same time as Arch Enemy were Alissa White-Gluz (ex The Agonist) is the singer. TheAgonist andArch Enemyappeals tothe same audience
A new born Arch Enemy goes for the knock out and takes the crowd by storm. The new band members guitarist Nick Cordle and vocalist Alissa White-Gluz have brought new blood into Arch Enemy.
Arch Enemy is on fire and delivering a super heavy version of "My Apocalypse"
The new songs from Arch Enemys latest album "War Eternal" fits perfectly in the setlist
and "No Gods, No Masters" gets the whole audience jumping and a furious "Nemesis"
"The Candle´s'' eerie intro echoed out over swedens oldest amusement park Gröna Lund (1883)The black curtain dropped and the bandmembers entered the stage one by one until King finally appeared and started "The Candle" and sent the audience into a frency.
The King made the audience an eternal deal during "Sleepless Nights"
Mike Wead with his signature guitar JV 1 and Andy La Rocque
We were "Welcome Home" before the band played a ferocious "Never Ending Hill"
Husband and wife sings together King and Livia
I see the Puppet Master high above on the walkway He pulls one string and up goes a leg.. Down goes a head He pulls one more and he lets them all go!
Medley: "Tea" (Them), "Dreams" (Spiders Lullabye), "Digging Graves" (The Graveyard)
King Diamond introduce new touring bassist Pontus Egberg (The Poodles)
The Mercyful Fate songs "Evil" and "Come to the Sabbath" made the crowd go ballistic.
Shapes Of Black, THEY try to kill my flame Shapes Of Black, Ah THEY're driving me insane
A heavyversion of "The Eye of the Witch" was performed before wewere visited by the "Family Ghost" and a thunderous "Black Horsemen" took us into the night.
Dr.Landua experimenting on Grandma
King assists Dr. Landua and Reverend Sammael to put a struggling Grandma into the coffin.
King Diamondis looking straightinto your soul, tonighthe'll collect it.
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Skineaters music will capture you with is brutallity and haunting melodic melodies. Skineater is the perfect hybrid between Florida Death Metal and Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal.
The great musicianship and technical playing that fuels the crunching riffage assault and catchy death metal melodies puts Skineater (consisting of old Swedish Death Metal veterans) in the front row of new Death Metal bands to look out for.
Paul Stanley has long been the most private of all the original Kiss members. Stanley truly unmasks for the very first time his life and takes us on a remarkable and inspiring journey. He tells his story with a brutal honesty. Having been born in a dysfunctional family and with a deformity of his right ear, being partially deaf, he learns from an early age that life is all about how you accept and deal with your limitations.Through his troubled youth he only found solace in a single thing - music. After playing in a couple of going nowhere bands he found a bandmate with the same passion and drive to make it, in bassplayer Gene Simmons.Together they found drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley and formed the band KISS, the bandmembers kept their identities secret with KISS make up and costumes that symbolised their alter egos.
KISS became one of the hardest touring bands and slowly built up an loyal fanbase. After three strong studioalbums, the live album KISS "ALIVE" catapulted KISS through the stratosphere from rockstars to superstars. (To this day KISS "ALIVE" is one of the most sold live albums of all time.)
Paul highlights the good times as well as the bad. He goes out of his way to detail the camaraderie in the original lineup and how important the original lineup was to the success of KISS. Paul is self-critical, unlike other KISS members and rock stars in general. Ace and Peter allowed drugs and alcohol to ruin their creativity and Gene got more and more self absorbed.
Paul Stanley's book is a revealing account of what it's like to be a member of one of the biggest bands in the world.The book contains never-before-seen photos and images throughout. Stanley is unwilling to put up with two-faced people (using a GN´R guitarist as an example). An important part in the book is when he saw the theatrical production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” with his then girlfriend british pop star and pinup girl Samantha Fox. This would later have a tremendous impact on his life.
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